The Renegade


Height: 5'10"

Weight: 255 lbs

Real Name: Richard (Rick) Williams

DOB: 10/16/1965

DOD: 2/23/1999

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Other Names: Reo, Lord of the Jungle(Indy), The Renegade(WCW)

Wrestler Since: 1992

Finishing Maneuver: Renegade Splash, Backbreaker

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #347(1998), #295(1997), #283(1996), #245(1995)

Other Related Websites:
The Renegade - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Rick Williams - Wikipedia Bio

History: The Renegade's career began as one of the brightest, but soon became one of the more tragic stories in professional wrestling. Williams, a former bouncer, came into the wrestling business due to a recommendation by Marty Jannetty. After wrestling in a few independents, the Renegade (basically an Ultimate Warrior lookalike) appeared at the Uncensored '95 PPV, on the side of Hulk Hogan. It was during '95 that the Renegade would gain his only gold, defeating Arn Anderson for the Television Title. He would hold it for 4 months before losing to Diamond Dallas Page.

After losing the title, the Renegade slowly faded into the background, becoming a midcarder, then a jobber. He stopped getting a push, instead being there to help others move their careers along. He wrestled this way from '96-'98, rarely getting a clean win over an opponent. The Renegade did substitute a couple of times in '98, when the Warrior made his first appearance, but he still did not make a great impact. In '99, the Renegade was said to have been released from WCW. On February 23th, 1999, Rick Williams committed suicide, shooting himself. He was 33.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (3 - 7)
- WCW Great American Bash '95 (June 18) = The Renegade defeated Arn Anderson to win the Television Title.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '95 (July 16) = The Renegade retained the TV Title, defeating "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI (August '95) = In a rematch, the Renegade again defeated "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, retaining the TV Title.
- WCW Fall Brawl '95 (September 17) = The Renegade lost the Television Title to Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '95 (October 29) = In a Dark Match, the Renegade was defeated by "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 (August 10) = In a Dark Match, the Renegade was beaten by Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW World War III '96 (November 24) = The Renegade competed in the three-ring Battle Royale, which was won by the Giant.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January 21, '97) = The Renegade and Joe Gomez were beaten by Harlem Heat.
- WCW World War III '97 (November 23) = The Renegade competed in the three-ring Battle Royale, which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW World War III '98 (November 22) = The Renegade competed in the three-ring Battle Royale, which was won by Kevin Nash.

Title Summary:
- WCW Television Champion (6/18/1995 - 9/17/1995)